While the name 'Querétaro' might not mean much to people outside of Mexico, it sure does to us here at WCL and to the UNESCO. 'Querétaro' is a colonial city located approximately 200 kilometers north of Mexico City that was established in the 17th century and which has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Split in two sections with a rectilinear section and another one with picturesque winding streets, the most prominent colonial monument in the city of 'Querétaro' is its aqueduct.
Insider: HYT H0 'Feel the HYT' Edition. A 5-Piece Limited Edition in 18K Yellow Gold with Bright Red Fluid.
After the release of the HYT H0 during Baselworld 2017, where the hydromechanical horologissts decided to take a step back and head back to basics and straight to their very essence, the HYT H0 Feel the HYT Edition is the newest addition to the H0 Origin lineup. With the fully redesigned case and crystal from last year, this new watch is a perfect addition for those in love with yellow gold. With primal curves from a pebble smoothed by the water from a mountain stream, the new HYT H0 Feel the HYT Edition is very minimalist and eye-catching with its 18K yellow gold case paired with bright red fluid and a bright red rubber strap.
After the successful launch of the HYT H0 Origin at Baselworld 2017 where the HYT hydromechanical timepiece became more modern and minimalistic thanks to its redesigned case and crystal, this year at the SIHH 2018, HYT presented two new watches that follow a similar approach with a redesigned case and a more prominent box domed sapphire crystal. The new HYT H20 is rooted in the continuous movement of a colored and a transparent fluid in a capillary and it's available in two different limited editions of 25 pieces each.
Insider: HYT H4 Alinghi Limited Edition. Hands-On with our Favorite Piece from the Hydromechanical Horologists.
Innovation within tradition, the DNA of haute horlogerie, the movement heritage, and so on: forget it all. HYT does things its own way, and discards these received ideas. Need a known quantity to hang on to? Good news: the H4 Alinghi tells the time. As for the rest, you will need to forget anything that has been seen, designed, or even imagined before now. Nothing has changed, except the essential. The chassis is a familiar beast. Since the start of the year, the H4 has had more ink in publicity than it has in its capillary. It is based on the same movement architecture as the H1, HYT's inaugural piece, which has been completely skeletonized. With a 65-hour power reserve, it unveiled its sculptural mechanism for the very first time and opened up a new creative universe for HYT. One so appealing that the brand decided not to meddle with it: the new H4 Alinghi is virtually a carbon copy of its big brother but with a big surprise under the hood.
Going back to basics means going straight to the very essence. That's exactly why HYT decided to release the new HYT H0 with a fully redesigned case, crystal and look. By focusing on their fluid as their way of telling time, the new HYT H0 features a case that takes its inspiration from a droplet of fluid. With primal curves from a pebble smoothed by the water from a mountain stream...
The new HYT H1 Full Gold is all that HYT was missing so far. The new HYT H1 Full Gold is fitted with an 18K rose gold case measuring 48.8 mm in diameter and a thickness of 17.9 mm just like all other H1 pieces. Fitted with a gold dial with black fluid, this HYT is very reminiscent of a close relative, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ref. 26470OR we featured here.
For the second year of their partnership with the Alinghi sailing team, HYT and Alinghi hoist their sails even higher with the new H2 Alinghi which follows in the wake of the H4 Alinghi we reviewed here. For this particular watch and for the very first time in the history of HYT, the case on this new HYT H2 Alinghi is built of full untreated titanium.
Insider: Presenting the new HYT H1 Ghost. Hands-on with the First Timepiece from the Hydromechanical Horologists to Feature Superluminova.
The new HYT H1 Ghost is fitted with a black DLC titanium case measuring 48.8 mm in diameter and a thickness of 17.9 mm just exactly like all other H1 pieces, but this time, featuring a strikingly beautiful new dial and fluid where day and night intertwine just as the shadow and light constantly contrast. The new HYT H1 Ghost ref. 148-DL-60-NF-RU has been designed around a new black fluid that does not emit or reflect any light.
Today, we are bringing you our hands-on review of the new HYT Skull Bad Boy presented at Baselworld 2016. The first iteration of the HYT Skull was released in January 2015 in two model variations —Green Eye and Red Eye— and we brought you our hands-on review here. Then last year, the Skull Maori was presented and we reviewed it here. Well, if you thought that the HYT Skull Green Eye, Red Eye or the Maori were impressive enough, the new HYT Skull Bad Boy is by far our favorite Skull model from this manufacture thanks to its Damascus steel skull and the black fluid marking the hours.
Originally launched in 2014, the HYT H1 Iceberg now makes its appearance at the SIHH 2016 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in a new iteration named HYT H1 Iceberg2. This new piece, crafted in the colors of the sky and the sea, is a limited edition of 50 pieces and will be available in stores as of March 2016. The new SIHH 2016 HYT H1 Iceberg2 is fitted with a titanium case measuring 48.8 mm in diameter and a thickness of 17.9 mm just exactly like the H1 Iceberg, but this time, featuring a strikingly beautiful grand feu enamel minute dial in blue and hour numerals on the flange also in blue.
After the news came out the first week of January of 2016, we finally got to see in person the newest creation from HYT —the hydromechanical horologists—, while we attending the SIHH 2016 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie. The newest watch from HYT, the H2 Tradition ref. 248-TW-10-BF-AB brings classic cues with a contemporary design to their super avant-garde way of telling time via fluid.
News: Pre-SIHH 2016 Presenting the HYT H2 Tradition. A Retro-Contemporary U-Turn in a 50-piece Limited Edition.
Contemporary classic or futuristic retro? As its name suggests, the new HYT H2 Tradition ref. 248-TW-10-BF-AB is a meeting of the two. It is the first HYT with classic guilloché finishes. It is the first HYT with delicate lacquered dials and blued hands. However, underneath this mantle of light, the H2 Tradition has both feet firmly in the 21st century. It retains its hydro-mechanical aesthetic, thanks to the capillary with the blue fluid moving forwards as the hours pass.
Insider: HYT H2 Aviator Unique Piece. Hands-on with a Hydro-Mechanical Timepiece for Aviation Lovers.
With an already imposing name, the HYT H2 Aviator ref. 248-DL-01-GF-KG is the first time HYT creates a timepiece destined for aviation lovers which each step of its concept designed to satisfy aeronautical codes. The H2 Aviator we have here, is a unique piece where the liquid is green instead of yellow as in the regular production H2 Aviator.
Today, we are bringing you our hands-on review of the new HYT Skull Maori. The HYT Skull was released in January 2015 in two model variations —Green Eye and Red Eye— and we brought you our hands-on review here. If you thought that the HYT Skull Green Eye or Red Eye was impressive, the new HYT Skull Maori brings the watch to a new level, thanks to its hand engraved skull featuring a Maori tribal tattoo. The Maori, are a tribe of indigenous people from New Zealand that commonly have a body art, known as 'Moko' or Maori tattooing. This body art form was brought to the New Zealand Maori from Eastern Polynesia. Maori tattooing is considering a sacred form of body art and a legend states that the Maori tattooing came from the underworld. This legend states that a young warrior called Mataora, fell in love with the princess of the underworld, named Niwareka. After marrying and mistreating Niwareka, Mataora sent her back to the underworld, but then filled with guilt, decided to follow her in order to apologize.
News: Introducing the HYT H4 Alinghi. Live Pictures and Pricing. Fitted with a Mechanically Powered White Light Under the Crystal.
Innovation within tradition, the DNA of haute horlogerie, the movement heritage, and so on: forget it all. HYT does things its own way, and discards these received ideas. Need a known quantity to hang on to? Good news: the H4 Alinghi tells the time. As for the rest, you will need to forget anything that has been seen, designed, or even imagined before now. Nothing has changed, except the essential. The chassis is a familiar beast. Since the start of the year, the H4 has had more ink in publicity than it has in its capillary. It is based on the same movement architecture as the H1, HYT's inaugural piece, which has been completely skeletonized. With a 65-hour power reserve, it unveiled its sculptural mechanism for the very first time and opened up a new creative universe for HYT. One so appealing that the brand decided not to meddle with it: the new H4 Alinghi is virtually a carbon copy of its big brother. Or is it? All is not as it seems. Using this as its basis, HYT has returned to its favourite game: creating, surprising, sometimes unsettling, always astounding. This time the brand has applied a radiant idea, as brilliant as it is difficult to spot at first glance.
With an already imposing name, the H2 Aviator is the first time HYT creates a timepiece destined for aviation lovers which each step of its concept designed to satisfy aeronautical codes. The H2 Aviator isn’t simply an evolution, it is a true transformation of HYT’s iconic H2 launched in 2013, a piece easily distinguishable by its ‘V’ shaped positioned bellows. "The H2 Aviator is a well thought out design conceived to go the distance over years, to evolve, follow and even anticipate horological trends and to think that our creations are all of this quality, gives me enormous satisfaction." says HYT CEO Vincent Perriard. "The H2 transcends different orbs and is now propelled 10,000 feet upward as if it had always been meant for this." The H2’s new aviatic garb underlines the piece’s legibility, a defining element for all flight instruments. The path and the color of the minute hand has been redrawn with its quarter hour indexes enlarged and in red.
News: Presenting the HYT Air Limited Edition Collection. H1 Air RC44, H1 Air Classic and H1 Air Black Pixel.
This is the first time HYT unveils a complete collection of limited pieces in one shot. Secondly, the pieces explore unchartered territory such as the maritime world or camouflage. But the third and most surprising aspect to the air collection is that HYT presents its first classical piece. The H1 Air RC44 stands out from the collections like no other as it is the first piece HYT ever creates as part of a partnership. As February 2015, HYT is the official timekeeper for the RC44 regatta created by Russell Coutts, 5 times winner of the America’s Cup, one of the most difficult circuits in the world. He adds, ‘for this occasion, we needed a piece that of course leveraged on our fluid technology but also ensured the performance and the lightness of a monocoque.
The new HYT H4 Gotham is a genuine composition of color on a theme of contrast, dazzling, profiled and suited to the twists of the H4 Gotham components, to bring out the finest details. The new HYT H4 Gotham ref. 151-CB-03-RF-RN is also equipped with a new sapphire case back. With a chromium-plated metalized finish, that has a double role: in contact with the skin, the metalized finish reproduces a smoky glass effect. On the movement side, inside the case, the chromium-plated finish gives the illusion of a mirror. So the H4 is adorned with a complex play of lights and mirrors, which provides, depending on the angle, a view of the light penetrating the movement, its areas of shadow or even your own reflection. On the dial side, red has been chosen to inhabit the capillary of the H4 Gotham. It marks the progress of the hours, with the retrograde display, signature of the brand. This 'bloody' tone is also adopted by the seconds wheel at 9 o'clock, as well as the power reserve at 3 o'clock and the strap's top stitching.
In 2013, HYT launched its second collection engineered in partnership with Audemars Piguet Renaud Papi. This year at Baselworld 2015 HYT and Vincent Perriard came with the new H2 Full Bronze keeping the same unbelievable DNA based on hydro-mechanical horology and daring to step out of conformity and added unique metallic shades on each of those cases architecture giving bronze tones. Firstly, the position of the bellows, positioned at 6 o'clock in "V" and rising, clearly evokes the most outstanding achievements of automotive and aeronautical engineering. This optimizes the integration of the interface that connects the watch mechanisms with the fluidic system. Fitted with a titanium bronze PVD case measuring 48.8 mm in diameter and 17.9 mm in thickness, this new HYT H2 Full Bronze ref. 248-TB-00-RF-MM is really huge but spectacular. The case is very nicely finished with polished, micro blasted and satin finishes.
Known for blurring the lines, HYT the HydroMechanical Horologists have once again defied the limits of what is possible. As if mastering telling time with fluids wasn't already impressive enough, the new HYT H3 is even a more complex part of the HYT evolution and their continued pursuit to push the limits of horology. The H3 is a massive timepiece in terms of size but what's inside is even greater than the sum of its case size measuring 62 x 41 mm. Its movement —like out of sci-fi movie speaks for itself. HYT and its partners at APRP —Audemars Piguet Renaud & Papi— have succeeded in creating a timepiece with a highly complex architecture. One of the main challenges was the machining of the case and the special curved sapphire crystal. When it came to the movement, one of the most delicate steps in creating the H3 involved recovering the energy provided in the retrograde movement, which then powered the semi-instantaneous rotation of the watch's dial with use of the fluid going back and delivering the necessary energy.